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Abstract-Reimagining the Library: Designing Spaces to Meet the Needs of Today's Students

Keywords: undergraduate research library facilities user-centered design ethnography

Author: Kathleen Baril and Kelly Kobiela
Institution: Ohio Northern University
Issue and Volume: SPUR winter 2017, vol 1, no 2

Description: To meet the new needs of students, Ohio Northern University planned a full renovation of the first floor of its undergraduate library. Current space and space usage was analyzed, considering how collaborative learning and undergraduate research might be conducted in renovated spaces. Ethnographic studies were used to learn how students studied and how they used the space. Assessments completed after renovation revealed that the new space appealed to students, but further studies are needed.